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Staying at home with my girl is such a blessing. I know, without a doubt, it wouldn’t be possible without all of my husband’s hard work. He gets up early each morning and sometimes skips lunch all together, so when he gets home, he’s ready for a home cooked meal.
For a while, this was a struggle for me. I didn’t want to start supper until my house was completely spotless from the day (with a 2 year old and 5 month old it’s a never ending battle). We would often end up running through a fast-food restaurant drive-thru because I never got started on supper. I remember Hunter telling me once “I would rather super cooked when I get home than the house clean.” This really stuck with me! Now, I always say “food is his love language!”
Since then, we may go out occasionally for someone’s birthday or a date night, but for the most part we eat at home and even though I’ve gotten a little better at planning, there are still days that I realize it’s four o’clock and I haven’t laid out anything to cook, much less started super. On those days, I am thankful for my precooked, shredded chicken in the freezer.
Each time I go to the grocery store, I come straight home to cook and shred at least a few packs of chicken breast. Usually I get it cooking, and then organize the rest of my groceries. There is a few different ways to do this:
- Boil chicken on the stove top.
- Cook chicken in a pressure cooker.
- Put chicken in a slow cooker.
My go-to is the slow cooker with a little salt, pepper, butter, and enough chicken stock to cover everything. While the other methods are quicker, this gives me plenty of time to finish everything I need to before worrying about the chicken. After it’s cooked and cooled, I bag each individual breast and move/push the chicken around to shred it in the bag before freezing. Yes, I’m so lazy that I don’t even touch the chicken during this process. I’m just sharing hacks, y’all! This is real life mommin’!
So, without further ado, here are my favorite quick and easy ways to use this chicken:
- Homemade Chicken and Noodle Soup- Chicken stock, chicken, salt, pepper and egg noodles in a pot y’all. There is really no simpler supper. Add a grilled cheese and volia!
- Chicken Tortilla Soup
- BBQ Chicken Pizza- I use crescent rolls laid flat and cooked for the crust. Top it with your favorite BBQ sauce, the shredded chicken, and cheese. Stick it back in the oven until the cheese is melted. To amp it up a little, add bacon, onions, peppers, or any other toppings. Note: If your family is very big, you may want to make two. It’s scrumptious and goes very fast.
- Chicken Tacos- Usually I have a taco kit in my pantry that includes shells, salsa, and taco seasoning. I add the seasoning, a little water, and some of the salsa to the chicken. To serve, I top the tacos with cheese, lettuce, and sour cream.
- Chicken and Dumpling’s- My mom and grandma use the Bisquick recipe on the side of the box. It’s easy and makes the best dumplings ever.
- Buffalo Chicken Dip-There are tons of recipes floating around the internet, but most use canned chicken. I can’t bare the thought of eating canned chicken, so I replace it with my shredded chicken and serve with chips. Delicious!
- BBQ/Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
- Chicken Enchiladas
- Mini Chicken Pies- these are great because they can also be frozen and reheated later if your chicken is fresh. Our family loves them!
- Chicken Salad
- Broccoli, Chicken, and Rice Casserole
- Broccoli and Chicken Braid- this is super simple, yet my husbands favorite thing. I use crescent rolls to make it easy!
- Salads Topped with Chicken
- BBQ Chicken pockets- Again, using crescent rolls, I take two triangle and mash them together to make a square. Then, I add my topping. Press another crescent roll square on top and use a fork to crimp the sides. I bake them according to the directions on the package. The possibilities for these are endless and not just limited to chicken!
- Chicken Wraps
These are just some of our family’s favorite ways to make a quick, yet tasty super from simple ingredients. Do you have any go-to shredded chicken recipes?